ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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Turkish Version of the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI-T): Psychometric Properties Among the University Students


Department of Psychology, Maltepe University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, İstanbul, Turkey

Addicta 2020; 7: 90-98
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2020.19064
Read: 1349 Downloads: 862 Published: 29 April 2020

The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Turkish version of the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI-T). The study sample included 182 voluntary university students (mean age=24.06 years) who reported that they had participated in gambling at least once in the previous year. The results of the confirmatory factor analyses supported the unifactorial structure of the PGSI-T among the Turkish university students participated in gambling. Cronbach’s alpha for the PGSI-T was good (α=0.82). Positive and significant correlations of the PGSI-T with gambling-related variables such as gambling frequency, gambling harm, South Oaks Gambling Screen supported the concurrent validity of the scale; whereas higher scores of the probable problem gamblers on PGSI-T compared to the nonproblem gamblers supported the criterion validity of the scale. These findings suggest that PGSI-T is a valid and reliable instrument to assess gambling problems among Turkish university students. Future research with more representative samples will be useful in testing the generalizability of these findings.

Cite this article as: Arcan, K. (2020). Turkish version of the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI-T): Psychometric properties among the university students. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 7(2), 90-98.

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